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Kosi poses serious threat to Naugachhia

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Bhagalpur, September 06, 2013
First Published: 15:01 IST(6/9/2013) | Last Updated: 15:12 IST(6/9/2013)

The river Ganga after rising steadily for more than a week has now started showing a receding trend here.However, overall flood situation in the district continues to remain grim.

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Water Resources Department (WRD) officials said the Ganga was flowing 34.48 metres above danger mark on Thursday, registering a two-centimetre fall in water level as compared to Wednesday.

A boy uses a raft to move away from an inundated village.HT photo

A vast area of the district continues to remain inundated.

Official figures put the affected people to nearly five lakh living in 237 villages. District public relations officer (DPRO),Ravindra Kumar, said flood had claimed eight lives till Monday.

The flood-hit people of rural areas have taken shelter on NH-80 (Mokama-Farrakanational highway).

With floodwater overtopping the highway at a number of places between Munger and Kahalgaon, the road link with both the places from here continues to remain snapped.

In the meantime river Kosi has started posing serious threat in quite a vast expanse of Naugachhia sub-division.

“The river is flowing only a few centimetres below the danger mark, but there could be a sharp increase in water level as more than two lakh cusec
of water has been discharged in the river on Thursday,” said,chief engineer, WRD, Bhagalpur division, Kailu Sardar.

He said slow discharge of Kosi water in Ganga near Kursela could rapidly increase water level of the river.

The chief engineer, however,ruled out that there was new threat to Naugachhia sub-division,including Naugachhia town.

Meanwhile, strong water current in flooded Ganga aggravated soil erosion in the flood-hit areas. “Work is being undertaken to strengthen the areas prone to soil erosion near Raghopur-Kazikoriya embankment,” Sardar said.


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